Police could use specialist diving teams after weekend search for missing Terry McSpadden finds no clues

POLICE are to continue to investigate the disappearance of Fenland man Terry McSpadden after a two-day intensive search uncovered no significant clues about his whereabouts.

Insp Gary Crowther said a specialist team of divers may be used later this week to search rivers and ponds close to Elm.

A 50-strong team of police and volunteers spent Saturday and Sunday searching a 1.5km area around Mr McSpadden’s home on the A1101 Outwell Road, Elm.

Insp Crowther said last night: “Unfortunately we did not find anything of significance but the investigation will continue.

“We will meet with Det Chief Insp Neil Luckett next week and discuss where we go next.


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“We obviously can not keep searching forever but we may go over some areas that were inaccessible to our search teams this weekend, particularly rivers and ponds and we may look to use some specialist dive teams.

“We are doing everything we can and I feel it is important to try to try to bring some closure to Mr McSpadden’s family who have been going through a very difficult time.”

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Mr McSpadden was 24 at the time of going missing and had two children.

He spent the evening of March 1, 2007, playing darts at the Locomotive Inn, Lynn Road, Wisbech.

On leaving the pub he visited Tesco in Wisbech, just before 1am, withdrawing money from a cashpoint, before being driven home.

Mr McSpadden is believed to have gone to bed on returning home, but the following morning he did not turn up to work at the glazing company which employed him.

Text messages were sent to a workmate and friend the day after Mr McSpadden was last seen.

Police confirm they were sent from Mr McSpadden’s phone, but have not released the details of the messages and cannot confirm they were sent by Mr McSpadden.

Since then, there has been no trace of him.

Insp Crowther said there is not any fresh evidence that has prompted the reopening of the investigation.

He said: “The case has never been solved so the inquiry has remained open. As we are coming up to the fourth anniversary of Mr McSpadden’s disappearance it seemed the right time to re-investigate.”

Police have been particularly interested in tracing Mr McSpadden’s bicycle, which has not yet been recovered.

The bicycle was originally pink but had been hand painted black.

An electronic tag Mr McSpadden was wearing at the time of his disappearance, after a minor brush with the law, has also not been found.

It is hoped the high-profile search may prompt someone to come forward with crucial information.

Mr McSpadden was described as white, 5ft 11in, of proportionate build, clean shaven, with blue eyes, brown short hair and an earring in his left ear.

He had tattoos, including a Celtic pattern on the left side of his torso, 1982 on his lower back, and a skull and a female on his right shoulder.

He had scars under his lower lip and at the time of his disappearance wore blue faded denim jeans, a grey or light blue short-sleeved shirt and brown trainers or shoes.

Anyone with information should contact the major investigation team on 0845 456 4567 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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